What is it?

The removal of a tooth due to infection, pain, a large or inaccessible cavity or mobility

What is it for?

To remove the source of actual or potential infection, pain or swelling

What does the procedure involve?

The tooth and gum will be numbed with local anaesthetic. For a simple extraction, the tooth will be gradually loosened until it can be removed. For more complex extractions, it may be necessary to make an incision in the gum around the tooth, so it can be lifted away to improve access. Your dentist will tell you if making an incision will be required. During the procedure, the anaesthetic means it’s very unlikely to be painful, although you will still be able to feel pushing and pressure as the tooth is removed.

What are the alternative treatments?

Pros and Cons



Removal of source of pain, swelling or infection Loss of tooth
Tooth can usually be replaced with a bridge, denture or implant if desired